Wyre Eco-THEP Project
· Produce renewable energy from tidal range.
· Protect the river and adjacent land from rising sea levels.
· Protect wildlife, flora and fauna.
· Create work opportunities.
· Reduce the amount of commuter traffic on the A585.
· Benefit the community.
· Create revenue from tourism.
· Entice manufacturers with carbon credits.
· Enhance the visual experience of derelict workings.
Natural Energy Wyre’s Eco-THEP project is a proposed 100mWh tidal hydro energy plant located on the River Wyre. The eco-THEP will extract energy by forcing the incoming tidal flow through rotating turbine blades, driving powerful generators and converting the power of the tides into electrical energy. The process is completely predictable, with the tide passing through the plant twice a day.
The planned site is located on the Lancashire coast, between the industrial town of Fleetwood to the west, and the small rural village of Knott End to the east. This specific site is positively unique–encompassing ideal geophysical and geological features, close proximity to a substantial National Grid connection, and some of the largest tidal ranges in the country.
The proposal also provides a range of benefits to potential stakeholders in and around the Wyre area. As both Fleetwood and Knott End are relatively financially depressed, the population are hungry to embrace all the work opportunities that will be created, and local technical education facilities have already pledged their support to teach vital construction and operations skills. Direct job opportunities through the construction phase will provide a great deal of work, but legacy employment after construction is crucial to the long-term wellbeing of the district.
Long-term employment will be provided by many related industries such as water sports, retail shopping, marina operation and educational facilities, and will be supported by the estimated influx of approximately 600,000 tourists per year, as evidenced by similar projects in Cardiff Bay and the Rance Tidal Power Station in Brittany, France. Both of these locations enjoyed a huge resurgence in the tourist trade with the construction of their tidal lagoons.
The geophysical and geological features occurring at the precise location of the Wyre Eco-THEP project underpin its commercial viability. The River Wyre estuary is ideal for the project with its narrow, deep channel. A mere 600-meter span between the land masses and an average tidal range of over 10 meters makes power generation from this location the most economically viable in UK.
With an estimated build cost of under £200m and a conservatively calculated annual output of 220GWh, the financial returns exceed the estimates of the Severn Estuary bid, the Swansea Lagoon project or any other similar enterprise.
The Wyre Eco-THEP Site Today
The Wyre Eco-THEP Site Tomorrow
Approximately three miles south is the district known as Stanah, where a large-scale investment on the connection to the National Grid has recently been made, and could potentially provide the essential export route for the electricity that is produced by the Wyre Eco-THEP. Two miles upriver is the site of a derelict commercial seaport, formerly operated by Imperial Chemical Industries. The site, today managed by NPL Estates, is home to a number of new industries. The rehabilitation of this seaport and the use of barges for material transportation would greatly reduce road traffic load and provide a low-carbon transport alternative. The newly established Lancashire waste processing plant is located on this site and is currently a serious contributor to road congestion in the area. The operating company have already shown a keen interest in investigating barge transportation as an option. The industrial site would also become appealing to a greater audience with the added facility of a seaport, and the carbon reducing opportunities it can offer.
Further reaching attributes of the Wyre Tidal Hydro Energy Plant include flood defence management, which is an important feature for local residents. It has the facility to control tidal flow, a functionality that, when operated in coordination with tidal and meteorological forecasts, can provide effective flood control for villages in the higher reaches of the river. The ability to control water levels will protect the sensitive flood plains against ever increasing danger as sea levels continue to rise.
The Wyre Eco-THEP displays positive results on every front, from green energy production and social-economic security, to effective defences against flooding and the financial resources for management of fragile wild life habitat.
Prospective investors should register their interest in the partners section of this site and a member of the Natural Energy Wyre team will make direct contact.
For other interested parties such as landowners, interest groups or environmental groups, please complete the contact form to the right, stating your specific area of interest.